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Exponent, Inc.'s Objectivity Called Into Question by Fair Warning

My office represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases and Applicants in workers' compensation cases. In the personal injury setting, defendants often hire a company called Exponent, Inc. to assist in the defense of such claims. Exponent describes itself as "a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting firm that brings together more than 90 different disciplines to solve important engineering, science, regulatory, and business issues." However, what is meant by "solving issues;" in my few encounters with the company, I have yet to have a case where Exponent validated the claims that my client was making. Is that a reflection of the validity of those cases or something else? Today, Fair Warning reports on Exponent's close connection with industry and calls into question the objectivity of Exponent's work. (Fair Warning is a nonprofit investigative news organization that focuses on public health, safety and environmental issues and related topics of government and business accountability.) Essentially, the article asserts that Exponent's cozy connection with industry leads to result oriented studies and opinions in litigation matters. Check out the article and let us know what you think: http://www.fairwarning.org/2016/12/exponent/.

Lesson to be learned: Speak to a Lawyer Before You Do Anything on a Possible Case

I was contacted today by a woman who was inquiring about filing a medical malpractice action against her former knee surgeon. In late 2012, her surgeon made a mistake during a total knee replacement procedure. He acknowledged doing so, and the woman has been left with chronic problems ever since.

Why I Became a Lawyer and Represent Injured People

My father was an attorney. As a child, I noticed that he represented people when they were injured. Many of the early cases he worked on involved a drug called Thalidomide. This was a drug which was given to pregnant women to prevent or reduce morning sickness. However, it turned out that it caused birth defects which often included major limb deformities. I met many of these children while I was young and was moved by their plight. I remember thinking that helping them and their families was important and noble work.

Driver Fatigue Cited As A Leading Factor In California Tour Bus Accident

Once again, driver fatigue is being cited as a leading factor in a fatal commercial tour accident.  The recent bus crash near Shasta Lake killed one person, and at least 30 other were taken to nearby hospitals.  The tour bus was en route to Washington State from Los Angeles, when the driver veered off Interstate 5 near Shasta Lake and crashed onto its roof.  Hours earlier, the bus driver crashed into a Denny's Restaurant, although no injuries were suffered at this time. 

Accident Injuring Tracy Morgan Sheds Light On Dangers of Commercial Truck Driver Fatigue

On Saturday, June 7th a major truck accident seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair.  The tractor-trailer crashed into a limo bus on the New Jersey turnpike that was carrying Morgan and several others.   Initial reports indicate that the truck driver - Wal-Mart trucker Kevin Roper - hadn't slept for more than 24 hours.  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. President Bill Simon stated that his company "will take full responsibility" if investigations conclude its truck caused the accident.

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